Match Report: Liverpool 2 Atletico Madrid 3

Jurgen Klopp named largely the same starting XI from the first leg, minus Alisson who picked up a knock in training and was replaced by Adrian. Jordan Henderson was a late surprise after passing fit yesterday, providing a major boost in the Liverpool midfield.

Joe Gomez, Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson are all one yellow card away from being suspended for the first leg of the quarterfinal should they go through.

Liverpool, behind the raucous Anfield crowd, started very brightly. Constant pressure in the Atletico box, and Trent picked out Wijnaldum in the box but his header was saved by Oblak.

Ateltico won a free kick in the Liverpool half after a poor foul on Joe Gomez. A smart routine on the ensuing set piece saw Kieran Trippier go in behind the Liverpool defense; but he failed to get the ball back across goal.

Sadio Mane made a great tackle after tracking back, won back possession, turned into space and found Salah, who; reminiscent of his goal against Roma two years ago; cut inside, but blazed his effort over the far post.

Following a lengthy spell of possession, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain fired a fierce strike ready to rip through the back of Atletico’s net, but the wall that is Jan Oblak met it with full force to keep the scoreline balanced.

A brilliant break was the result of a beautiful diagonal ball from Trent. Mo shook off his defender, played a ball with the outside of his boot to Mane at the top of the box, but his effort was straight at Oblak.

Goal! Alex Oxlade Chamberlain broke out wide after a long spell of Liverpool threatening Atletico’s defense. Fired his cross into the box, and Gini Wijnaldum, the man for the big occasion, rose to meet the hall in the box, headed it into the ground and beat Oblak at his far post. 1-0 Liverpool after 43’!

Halftime whistle blew, Liverpool 1 – Atletico Madrid 0, 1-1 on aggregate. Wijnaldum with the opener similar to his heading masterpiece against Barcelona.

Both teams came out for the second half unchanged.

Salah was played in down the right side with acres of space in front of him, but his shot curled straight at Jan Oblak. Bright start to the half for the Reds.

After some crisp passing, Salah linked up with Oxlade Chamberlain at the top of the box, and he fired a low, fizzling shot that was saved by Oblak out for a corner.

Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid made their first sub of the evening in the 56’, bringing on Llorente for Diego Costa. Costa was showered with boos by the Anfield faithful as he left the field.

Liverpool won a free kick in a dangerous area following a handball. Firmino somehow failed to score the ensuing free kick following a beautiful ball in from Trent Alexander Arnold.

Mo Salah had a chance on goal deflected up in the air, and Andy Robertson hit the bar from close range after winning a header. Liverpool go oh so close.

Oblak made a stretching save from 25 yard fizzier from Trent. Andy Robertson almost scored the rebound but it was blocked out for a corner. Liverpool were seriously knocking on the door here attacking the KOP end.

Liverpool won a corner following a threatening break. A well worked routine saw the corner cut back to the top to Robertson who had loads of space, but fired his shot just over Oblak’s far post.

Jurgen Klopp made his first substitution of the evening in the 82’, bringing on James Milner for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, who in my opinion has been the man of the match.

Sadio Mane tried his luck with a bicycle kick effort after Wijnaldum shanked a header, but it was well over the bar.

Salah had another brilliant run down the right hand side, taking on and beating three defenders, cut back onto his left in space, but once more failed to hit the target.

Sadio Mane tried his luck once more with the overhead kick approach, but met the same result. Liverpool were throwing the kitchen sink at Atletico.

Referee added two minutes of stoppage time to the end of the second half.

Trent shoved Joao Felix over in the final seconds and the referee awarded Atletico a free kick. Saul headed the ensuing free kick into the top corner, all but claiming the victory for Atletico Madrid. Everyone on the bench was up, some even already on the field. But, none of them saw the linesman’s flag, as it was up and Saul was offside. No goal.

Full time whistle blew. Extra time in the Champions League round of 16 second leg.

Simeone subbed on Sime Vrsalijko for Kieran Trippier.

Jan Oblak denied Gini Wijnaldum after the Dutchman was slipped in down the right. The Madrid keeper was putting on a clinic.

Goal!!!! Wijnaldum was played into space down the right, fired a cross into the box and met Roberto Firmino who’s header hit the bar, deflected right back to his feet and he tapped the rebound in the double the Reds lead on the night. 2-0 Liverpool after 94’. Liverpool lead 2-1 on aggregate.

Adrian with an absolute howler of a clearance, and it fell right to Joao Felix, who played in Marcos Llorente. Llorente finished his shot low and to Adrian’s right. 2-1 Liverpool after 98’. Aggregate scoreline now 2-2, with Atletico Madrid going through on away goals.

Simeone made another sub, bringing on Alvaro Morata for Joao Felix.

Atletico Madrid all but wrapped up qualification for the quarterfinals. A Morata led break ended in another Marcos Llorente goal. 2-2 on the night. 3-2 Madrid on aggregate.

Whistle blown for halftime of extra time. Liverpool need two goals in the final 15 to progress.

Klopp made a double switch, bringing on Divock Origi and Fabinho for Jordan Henderson and Wijnaldum.

Simeone subbed on Gimenez for Angel Correa.

Klopp subbed on Takumi Minamino for Roberto Firmino.

Alvaro Morata finishes Liverpool off after a 1-2 with Llorente. 3-2 Atleti. 4-2 aggregate final score. Liverpool crash out of the Champions League in the round of 16.

Make no mistake, Liverpool were immense tonight. An unbelievable performance, but Jan Oblak is world class and has the reputation he has for a reason.

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